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Wheelchair Bound Biologists Study Treetops Thanks To Climbing

A video news story on Dr. Meg Lowman’s Waterbears and Wheelchairs program featuring student Rebecca Tripp. This was filmed during the Academy’s first public climb in the East Garden earlier this month.
KPIX (CBS 5)
August 20, 2014

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Update on Ethiopia church forest sites

Wonchet Michael 2

Alemayehu provides this update on the church forest sites:
1. Group 1: Already started projects Woji and Debresena. This is still in progress.
2. Group 2: New sites: Wonchet (The priest who requested repeatedly around Zhara) has started stone collection. Another is named Goha Mariam which has already started

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A wheelchair doesn’t stop this scientist from soaring to the treetops

From Student Science’s Eureka Lab:
Rebecca Tripp speaks about her research with real passion, emotion that goes far beyond the fascinating organisms she studies. When she talks about her research with tardigrades, tiny, eight-legged creatures that she collected from the tops of trees, she doesn’t just talk about

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Google Maps, Canopy Climber Save Dry Ethiopia’s Church Forests

Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman in Ethiopia, home to unusual Coptic churches surrounded by forests. Source: California Academy of Sciences via Bloomberg

Bloomberg Businessweek interview with Dr. Meg Lowman regarding the church forests in Ethiopia. Article written by Manuela Hoelterhoff in Bloomberg News:
Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman spends a lot of time balancing at the top of trees. To get there, she’s designed hot air balloons and travels the

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Dispatch from Ethiopia: Curse of the Church Forests

Dr. Lowman’s article originally posted at calacademy.org:
I’m swallowing mouthfuls of dust each day driving long distances through a landscape parched by East Africa’s annual dry season. The majority of roads are not only dusty; they’re unbelievably rough, and our four-wheel-drive’s dysfunctional shock absorbers subject us to a

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Are church forests key to conservation in Ethiopia?

Article from Deutsche Welle (DW) that provides an excellent summary of Dr. Lowman’s conservation efforts in Ethiopia:
In the highlands of Ethiopia efforts are underway to protect the cultural and biological resources of an ancient landscape. The key to regeneration may be as old as the book of Genesis itself.
The

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In My Nature

in my nature

NSF REU co-speaker Rebecca Tripp’s article “In My Nature” has been published in the Dec/Jan 2013/2014 issue of  Ability Magazine:
Growing up on the rugged coast of Maine, with mountains, fields, forests and wildlife around every turn, I developed a deep love of the natural world at a

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Interview with NSF REU co-speaker, Rebecca Tripp

Below is an interview with Rebecca Tripp discussing how she became a canopy biologist from a wheelchair. She talks about the summer research program she participated in with the REU Canopy Explorers.
Read more and listen to the podcast on BeautyAbility.com

Show run time is 35 minutes.

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In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs 2014

Ascending into the canopy, with Snousha Glaude.

NSF: REU
In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs
June 1 – August 9, 2014
with W.R. Miller, M. D. Lowman and E. McCord, PIs.
Want A Different Research Experience?
Want new skills, new challenges, a bit of adventure, and an opportunity to publish your research?
NSF: REU: Research Opportunity
This is a three-dimensional

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Rebecca Tripp’s essay about her REU Canopy Explorers experience

The 2013 research team, with Tree Climbing Kansas City.

The summer of 2013 proved to be an exciting time of discovery for eight undergraduate students, myself among them, who traveled from around the country to intern at Baker University in Kansas, looking to gain experience in biological field research.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this REU

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